Johnson Lake Trails Local History
Logging Flumes/Chutes were used in the region, most notably the Bear Creek Flume (1912-eleven miles long and believed to have been the longest in Canada) and the Brennan Creek Flume (1918, six miles long) both in the Johnson and Adams Lake area. Other early logging practices included the usage of a “Wannigan”. This was a floating raft with a large tent constructed upon it. It was used as a cookhouse and living quarters for the crew. This device drifted behind the log booms that were floated downstream towards the sawmills on the North Thompson River and Adams Lake. Some of these log drives would take up to two weeks.
Mining in the region has been continuing throughout the years, early prospectors were exploring as early as the 1850s time period. Numerous mines included the Windpass Mine in the Adams Lake area (app.1894) and the Homestake Mine near Chu Chua/Dunn Lake location (app.1914 and onwards).
Travel 3 km south from Barriere on Highway 5 to the Agate Bay Road, approximately 3 km. Travel on Agate Bay Road 22 km, turn north onto Johnson Lake Road and follow the main gravel road up to the junction. Turn north onto the Johnson Lake Resort Road and follow the Johnson Lake Resort signs to the resort.
Johnson Lake Resort is located at the west end of Johnson Lake. The resort is very central to the trails, and offers cabins, campsites, and boat rentals, however, no horse boarding facilities. The lake is well known for scuba diving and trout fishing. The crystal clear, blue hues of the water are breathtaking. A Forest Service Recreation Site is located at the east end of the lake, providing public access to the lake.
SOUTH BARRIERE LAKE
South Barriere Lake is accessible via the trail system. It provides many opportunities for canoeing, swimming and fishing, and has two Forestry Campsites on the north side of the lake.
Flume Trail is a short hike accessed from Camp 2. In 1918 the Brennan Creek Log Flume was built by the Adams River Lumber Company to transport logs from the high plateau country to the Adams Lake. At its peak, over 18,000 logs were on the skid-way at any given time. Remains of the flume can still be seen. This heritage trail provides an easy stroll around the meadow with Brennan Creek running through it.
JOHNSON LAKE LOOP TRAIL – 22.4 KM
#2 on map
Johnson Lake Loop Trail is the longest of the trails in the Johnson Lake Trail System. The area provides a variety of scenery from meadows and lakes to old growth forest. The area hosts a variety of wildlife including bears, deer, small animals and birds.
HAGGARD CREEK TRAIL – 8.7 KM
#3 on map
Haggard Creek Trail is a nice ride or walk along a grass covered road that loops back to Camp 2. This area has an abundance of flora, fauna and wildlife.
JOHNSON VIEW TRAIL – 3.4 KM
#4 on map
This trail offers a panoramic view of the valleys below.
SOUTH BARRIERE LAKE – 5.9 KM
#5 on map
The trails join at #5 at the west end of South Barriere Lake.
SOUTH BARRIERE-JOHNSON CONNECTOR – 3.6 KM
#6 on map
The trail connects South Barriere Lake to Johnson Lake. The trail follows Johnson Lake to the Camp 2 Road and loops back to South Barriere Lake.
NORTH VIEW LOOP – 4.1 KM
#7 on map
The North View Loop Trail follows the same route as the South Barriere South Side which passes through clear cuts.
SOUTH BARRIERE TRAIL – 5.9 KM
#8 on map
This trail joins the north side of Johnson Lake to South Barriere lake. Some elevation gain is to be expected.